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Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Lens with Internal 1.4x Extender

You Pay: $11,799.00
Product Highlights
  • EF Mount L-Series Lens
  • Aperture Range f/4-32
  • Built-in 1.4x Extender
  • One Fluorite and Four UD Lens Elements
  • Three-Mode Optical Image Stabilization
  • Internal Focusing System
  • Ultrasonic Auto Focus Motor
  • Power Focus Mode for Smooth Focus Shift
  • Fluorine Front & Rear Lens Coating
  • Highly Resistant to Dust and Water

The EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Lens with Internal 1.4x Extender from Canon is a high-performance super-telephoto zoom lens with a built-in 1.4x extender that converts the focal range and maximum aperture to 280-560mm f/5.6. The extender is located at the base of the lens and applied with a simple lever switch. 

An Image Stabilization system offers up to four shutter speed stops of compensation against camera movement, which is ideal in low-light situations and when shooting at its long focal lengths. Three IS modes are available, each optimized for your specific subject. There is a mode ideal for static subjects, one for panning with moving subjects and an Exposure Only mode that applies stabilization only during exposure, offering you the speed you need to follow fast, erratically moving subjects.

Fast, quiet Auto Focusing (AF) is provided by a ring-type Ultrasonic Motor (USM), an internal focusing system, dedicated AF algorithms and a high-speed CPU. Full-time manual focus override, which enables the adjustment and fine-tuning of focus even in AF mode, provides precise control over image capture. The Power Focus mode aids focusing during video shooting, allowing the photographer to smoothly adjust focus during filming by twisting the playback ring. Three Focus Limiting Ranges are provided to enable quicker AF in specific situations and AF stop buttons allow you to pause the AF operation if needed. Focus Preset mode allows you to set a focus distance and automatically return to it with just a twist of the playback ring. Focus Preset is available in AF, MF and PF modes.

The EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Lens features one Fluorite and four Ultra-low Dispersion optical elements that deliver sharper images with fewer chromatic aberrations. Super-spectra lens coatings minimize ghosting and flare and a Fluorine coating on the front and rear lens elements keep oily smears and fingerprints to a minimum.  

A rotatable tripod mount provides stable mounting to monopods or tripods and by loosening its orientation locking knob, the camera can be adjusted to shoot horizontally or vertically without removing it from the tripod. Inside the locking knob is found a security slot for wire-type security locks. Dust and water sealing keeps this reliable L-series lens functioning flawlessly in even the most challenging environments.

In addition to its standard accessories, included with this lens are a monopod mount, lens strap, hard case and case strap.

 

Image Stabilization
Four stops of shake correction are provided by the lens' Image Stabilization system which delivers clearer images when shooting in low light situations, when your footing is uncertain or when fast shutter speeds are unobtainable. This lens has three stabilization modes: Standard, Panning and Exposure Only modes. Standard mode (Mode 1) compensates for vibrations in all directions and is effective when shooting static subjects. Panning mode (Mode 2) corrects vertical or horizontal shake depending on the orientation of the camera and is best when panning with moving subjects. Exposure Only mode (Mode 3) applies shake correction only during image exposure and is best used when needing to follow a fast and erratically moving subject. The IS system can also be turned off, and this is best when image stabilization is not needed, such as shooting on a tripod in bright light.
Fast and Accurate Autofocus
With an internal focusing system, Ultra-sonic motor (USM), high speed CPU and optimized AF algorithms, the 200-400mm f/4L provides fast, smooth and pinpoint accurate autofocus for use in a variety of applications.
Internal 1.4x Extender Switch
A built-in 1.4x optical extender allows you to extend the focal range of your lens with just a simple lever, avoiding time-consuming and potentially damaging lens changes. Located at the base of the lens, the extender has a lock mechanism that is easily disengaged to let you engage the extender. With the extender in place, the focal lengths of your lens increase to 280-560mm but the aperture narrows to f/5.6-45. With the extender engaged, the lens now contains 33 optical elements in 24 groups, its maximum magnification is 0.21x and its diagonal angle of view is 8º-50' to 4º-25'.
Focus Distance Range
You can set the focus limiting range to three distinct ranges for faster, more accurate autofocusing. The three ranges are: Full (6.56' to infinity); 6.56 to 19.69'; 19.69' to infinity.
Power Focus Mode
Using the playback ring, the Power Focus mode enables smooth, automatic focus shifts which are essential when using the EF 200-400mm f/4 for filmmaking. There are two speeds available in Power Focus Mode.
Focus Preset
It is possible to establish a preset focus distance and return to it immediately at any point while in AF, PF or MF modes with a simple left or right twist of the playback ring.
AF Stop Button
Four AF Stop Buttons located on the front grip ring allow you to temporarily pause autofocusing.
Fluorite and UD Lens Elements
One fluorite and four UD (Ultra-low Dispersion) lens elements correct for chromatic aberrations and provide sharp imaging throughout the zoom range.
Lens Coating
Optimized lens placement and coatings deliver outstanding color balance, while helping to minimize ghosting and flare.
9-Blade Circular Aperture
The 9-blade circular aperture design helps to deliver beautiful, soft backgrounds.
Tripod Mount
A rotatable tripod mount is built into the lens and by loosening the orientation locking knob on the tripod mount you can rotate the camera for horizontal or vertical imaging without removing it from the tripod.
Drop-In Filter Holder
A rear 52(WII)-series drop-in filter holder is included with the lens and allows you to place separately sold pre-cut gelatin filters into the back end of the lens for specific applications.
Water and Dust Resistant
With its exceptional design and construction, the L-series 200-400mm f/4 lens is resistant to dust and moisture and ready for shooting in harsh conditions.
Fluorine Coating
Fluorine coating on front and rear lens surfaces reduces smears and fingerprints.
Security Slot
An attachment slot is provided for a wire-type security lock. The slot is located under the cover of the orientation locking knob. The wire-type security lock can be purchased separately.
Performance
Focal Length 200 - 400mm
Comparable APS-C 1.6x Focal Length: 320 - 640 mm
Aperture Maximum: f/4
Minimum: f/32
Camera Mount Type Canon EF
Format Compatibility 35mm Film / Full-Frame Digital Sensor
Canon (APS-C)
Angle of View 12° - 6° 10'
8° 50' - 4° 25'
Tilt/Shift None
Minimum Focus Distance 6.56' (2.00 m)
Magnification 0.15x
Elements/Groups 25/20
Diaphragm Blades 9
Features
Image Stabilization Yes
Autofocus Yes
Tripod Collar Yes Fixed - rotating
Physical
Filter Thread Rear:52 mm Bayonet II
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 5.04 x 14.41" (128.02 x 366.01 mm)
Weight 7.98 lb (3.62 kg)

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CanonEF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Lens with Internal 1.4x Extender
 
5.0

(based on 13 reviews)

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of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (10)
  • Strong construction (10)
  • Rugged (9)
  • Nice bokeh (8)
  • Consistent output (7)

Cons

  • Heavy (7)

Best Uses

  • Sports/action (10)
  • Wildlife photos (10)
  • Landscape/scenery (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Semi-pro photographer (7), Photo enthusiast (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (9)

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5.0

This is lens do everything

By Andres

from Grand Rapids, Michigan

About Me Pro Photographer

Pros

  • Consistent Output
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
  • Lightweight
  • Strong Construction

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Sports/Action
    • Wildlife Photos

    Comments about Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Lens with Internal 1.4x Extender:

    This lens is amazing, delivery quality image as any prime lens, plus the feature that let you work in composition. This lens (200-400 f4) do the job of 200mm,300mm and 400mm primes 2.8mm. The only difference is the aperture (a little more than 1.2mm less of those three). Using late canon model cameras as 1D X or 5D Mark III, that is not problem. I feel this lens is a new generation of photographer's gear.

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    5.0

    More Than I Expected

    By Mac McAndrew

    from Bradenton, FL

    Comments about Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Lens with Internal 1.4x Extender:

    Took it out immediately and shot with internal and external Extender(784mm-f13-1/1250-ISO1000-5DMkiii), I figured this should stretch the test. If I wasn't pleased it was going back! I kept it and am thrilled with the performance. The sharpness blew me away! If you can swallow the price (Took me a long time) you'll be blown away

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    (10 of 24 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Over the sticker shock on day one

    By Bob T

    from San Jose, CA

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Nice Bokeh
    • Rugged
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Sports/Action
      • Wildlife Photos

      Comments about Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Lens with Internal 1.4x Extender:

      I'm an armature photography who enjoys wildlife and nature photography.

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      • No

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      (14 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Incredible lens

      By Franklin Al

      from Franklin, TN

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Sports/Action

          Comments about Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Lens with Internal 1.4x Extender:

          Received a couple of weeks ago, have shot two NFL games. Still learning but immediate results are incredible. Moving from a 300 F2.8, I now have a range of 200mm - 560mm. Now I can cover the majority of the football (American) field and capture action in great detail. Paired with a Canon 1DX,it is the most flexible setup and the quality of image and build is incredible.The price is extremely high but if you can justify it, you will not be disappointed.

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          • No

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          (12 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Yes, it is that good.

          By Matt G.

          from Orlando, FL

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
          • Rugged
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

          • Heavy But Hand-holdable

          Best Uses

          • Sports/Action
          • Wildlife Photos

          Comments about Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Lens with Internal 1.4x Extender:

          Using this for mostly aviation work, with some sports in the mix. Wow. I was blown away by Nikon's 200-400, and I always wondered when Canon would jump into that zoom range, and they did, with flying colors. This is an incredibly fast focusing, sharp lens, all the way through the zoom range.
          Notes-I am currently using this on both a 5D Mark III, and a 1D Mark IV. I am looking forward to trying it on the 1D X.

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          (10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Fantastic - One of a Kind

          By KJH Photo Nut

          from Rochester, MI

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Durable
          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
          • Nice Bokeh
          • Rugged
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

          • Heavy

          Best Uses

          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Sports/Action
          • Wildlife Photos

          Comments about Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Lens with Internal 1.4x Extender:

          The best lens that I have ever used. I had a hard time justifying the price, but once I received this versatile beauty I love it. I do not see any difference when compared to prime lenses and the loss of 1-stop is insignificant. With the low noise capabilities of current cameras, a 4.0 lens is wonderful indoors as well as outside. I use the lens with both a Canon 5D Mark III as well as a 1D Mark IV. On the Mark IV, the lens becomes a 260-728. Incredible and worth every penny.

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          (5 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Yellowstone

          By Jadoo

          from Albuquerque, NM

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
          • Nice Bokeh
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

          • Heavy

          Best Uses

            Comments about Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Lens with Internal 1.4x Extender:

            Headed to Yellowstone soon and decided this would be a great time to test this lens out. So far I love the ability to go from 200-560mm with the flip of a switch. Should increase the number of keepers when the critters get closer than the 500mm will allow.

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            (15 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Professional top notch quality!!!

            By BrianThePilot

            from Union, NJ

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Consistent Output
            • Durable
            • Easily Interchangeable
            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
            • Nice Bokeh
            • Rugged
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Sports/Action
              • Weddings/Events
              • Wildlife Photos

              Comments about Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Lens with Internal 1.4x Extender:

              The experience of opening up a factory sealed box and unpacking it, the look, the feel, that new smell was amazing! It should be for the price but you get what you pay for and this mega lens is incredibly well built and designed. It is big but does not feel as heavy as I thought it would be.Comes with two support legs. The longer is for tripods and gimbal heads. The shorter leg is for monopods. Very sturdy and comfortable to carry by the support leg.Switching between 1X and 1.4X TC has a smooth and positive feel to it. A lock is incorporated in case you need to lock in the setting.Comes with the lens hood, lens case and keyed lock with key and straps. Case is very strong and strudy. Newer style ballastic nylon lens cap compared to the other older Canon long lenses which had a leather or faux leather cap.It's big. It's heavy. You'll get lots of attention when you take this lens out! It's silky smooth and sharp focus. It'll step up your game many notches! IF you can afford the price of admission then by all means get this lens.

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              (12 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Great lens for the outdoorsman

              By Fort Bragg Guy

              from Fort Bragg, CA

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Built In Extender
              • Durable
              • Easily Interchangeable
              • Fast / accurate auto-focus
              • Rugged

              Cons

              • Heavy

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Weddings/Events
              • Wildlife Photos

              Comments about Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Lens with Internal 1.4x Extender:

              I have found this lens excellent for shooting wildlife. Being able to adjust from the 200 to 400 plus the extender has greatly enhanced getting the right framed shot. Also being able to add another extender is great.
              The weight is the only thing of issue but expected with all the lens does.

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              • No

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              (9 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Yes

              By gsw/central Connecticut

              from 06033

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Durable
              • Fast / accurate auto-focus
              • Nice Bokeh
              • Rugged
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

              • Heavy

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Sports/Action
              • Video
              • Wildlife Photos

              Comments about Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Lens with Internal 1.4x Extender:

              Top lens. Solid construction. Rapid autofocus. Easy to use the 1.4 extender. Great to have the 1.4 built in. Very expensive but should last a lifetime.

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              (17 of 20 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Best Lens Ever!

              By Dr Philip

              from Santa Monica, CA

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Consistent Output
              • Durable
              • Fast / accurate auto-focus
              • Nice Bokeh
              • Rugged
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

              • Heavy

              Best Uses

              • Sports/Action
              • Wildlife Photos

              Comments about Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Lens with Internal 1.4x Extender:

              I travel the globe with my canon 70-200 2.8 L II, 100-400 4.5-5.6, and I find I never have the perfect lens for the shot! Got rid of the 100-400 because of the push pull zoom and lack of crispness, I need the distance and I need crisp!Canon finally produced it and what a lens!Pros- Crisp focus, smooth controls, great ergonomics, Brilliant shots.Cons- tad heavy and expensive!Overall- I cannot wait for Churchill Ice Bears, Africa and Borneo.Does need Think Tank Glass Limo for carrying,

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              (13 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Can't put it down!

              By EDRX7

              from Phoenix, NY

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Consistent Output
              • Durable
              • Easily Interchangeable
              • Fast / accurate auto-focus
              • Nice Bokeh
              • Rugged
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

              • Expensive
              • Heavy

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Sports/Action
              • Wildlife Photos

              Comments about Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Lens with Internal 1.4x Extender:

              Took delivery 10 days ago. My primary use is birds, wildlife and with the zoom pulled back, even some landscape images.

              The versatility of the lens allows me far more use than the prime 600mm I was using. Although, I typically use this lens with a gimbal head on a tripod, I've found it light enough to take 10-20 shots hand-held with no problem, with just 15 seconds or so of rest between series. The stabilization system is stellar! Works great when trying to shoot directly overhead or following something moving through the woods or brush.

              The f/4 provides plenty of light for my sunrise shooting and I find the image quality and bokeh to be exceptional. From shooting eagles a couple hundred feet away, to hummingbirds 10 feet away this lens is all I need.

              The quality and easy of use is just as you would expect from Canon.

              There are no negatives other than you have to dig deep to afford one. I would purchase this lens again in a heartbeat!

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              (30 of 31 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              An impressive. versatile tool

              By EDRX7

              from Phoenix, NY

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Pros

              • Fast / accurate auto-focus
              • Nice Bokeh
              • Rugged
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

              • Heavy

              Best Uses

              • Sports/Action
              • Wildlife Photos

              Comments about Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Lens with Internal 1.4x Extender:

              I took delivery of the new EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4X five days ago. First impressions out of the box were exactly as I expected. From the workmanship of the lens to the case and accessories, the quality is Canon's finest. Having worked with the 600mm, the size and weight were as expected. Though I have taken a couple dozen handheld shots resulting in tack sharp images, you will need to use this lens with a tripod or monopod due to the weight.

              I am using the 5D Mark III body. From 200-400 the image quality is extraordinary. Even flipping the 1.4x into position any noticeable degradation is extremely minimal. I am impressed with the quickness of the autofocus and have been using the stabilizer in the on position while tripod mounted with excellent results. I find the various control switches to be easy to reach and operate, even without looking. The 1.4 lever is positioned in a natural location for my finger and has a wonderful feel. I can easily flip the lever while tracking an eagle in flight without missing a beat.

              The lens produces a beautiful bokeh, similar to the 600mm. Far more pleasing to my eye than the 100-400mm bokeh. My reason for purchasing this lens was the versatility is gives me while shooting birds and wildlife. My one and only disappointment is that the lens does not autofocus with an additional 1.4x extender attached while the internal 1.4x lever is engaged. The only saving grace is it does autofocus with the internal lever in the off position and once focused, you can flip the lever and it remains in focus. As I don't intend to add an extender often, this is not of huge concern, but people should be aware of that.

              If you are fortunate enough to be able to afford this lens, my opinion is you will find it to be an extraordinary tool to add to your gear.

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